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Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

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The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.

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Billy Crystal
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Buddy Young Jr.
David Paymer ... Stan
Julie Warner ... Elaine
Helen Hunt ... Annie Wells
Mary Mara ... Susan
Jerry Orbach ... Phil Gussman
Ron Silver ... Larry Meyerson
Sage Allen Sage Allen ... Mom
Jason Marsden ... Buddy - Age 15
Michael Weiner ... Stan - Age 18
Larry Gelman ... Mr. Gimbel
Kay Freeman Kay Freeman ... Mrs. Gimbel
Howard Mann Howard Mann ... Stage Manager
Julius Branca Julius Branca ... Stage Manager
Liz Georges Liz Georges ... Script Girl
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Storyline

Buddy Young was the comic's comic, beloved by everyone. Now, playing to miniscule crowds in nursing homes, it seems like everybody but Buddy realizes that he should retire. As Buddy looks for work in show business, he realizes that the rest of the world has forgotten the golden days of Buddy Young, and that there just may not be room in the business for an old comic like himself. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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It's lonely at the middle. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Komödiant - Mr. Saturday Night See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,351,357
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Features David Paymer's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

Stan explains that rating for Buddy's Saturday night TV show are sliding because the show is opposite Davy Crockett, a serial that actually ran midweek for three weeks on a TV's Disneyland show. See more »

Quotes

Announcer: And now, the star of our show, the kamikaze of comedy! Fasten your seat belts, put on your crash helmets; because here he comes... Mr. Saturday Night... Buddy Young, Junior!
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Connections

Featured in The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by The Benny Goodman Sextet (as Benny Goodman Sextet)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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marvelous!
16 March 2006 | by mattkratzSee all my reviews

I had waited a long time to see this movie, and it did not disappoint. Billy Crystal gives a marvelous turn as both director and star in this biopic of a stand-up comic. It is told in retrospective, as he is now in old age and reduced to performing in nursing homes. He tells his fascinating life story. I found a little bit of Laurel and Hardy in the movie as Buddy (Crystal) continuously frustrates his brother/manager Stan. Crystal was good as his character is portrayed as a comic who is brilliant at what he does but at the same time is difficult to work with. I liked it. I really recommend this one.

*** out of ****


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